3 HELPFUL WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR WINTER HEATING BILLS

It is not a bad idea to cut some costs on heating, by doing some one to two things to have some ‘extra cash’ on you, while you pay for just the right amount of heat you really need for your home.

The following are some tips you would find useful:

  • Use curtains

Since heat from the sun is totally free, make the most of it. Open your curtains and let  sunlight in during the day to harness the free heat . Then, shut your curtains when it gets dark, to trap and keep the warmth in your rooms. Make sure you don’t have any leaks or crevice. According to an estimate of the Energy Saving Trust“draught-proofing your doors, windows and cracks in the floor could save £25 per year”. If you are interested in fixing things, you could do this yourself, or you could get it done by some people at a little cost. Install self-adhesive rubber sealsand door draught excluders around your doors and windows. You would find it worth getting those doors and windows sealed before winter starts, as they ensure that the warm air is trapped and the cold air is kept out.

  • Maximise your insulation

The World Health Organization recommended a minimum temperature of 21°C in living rooms, but, Public Health England revised the minimum temperature to 18°C in 2014. Research has shown that turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%, this may seem incredible, but, it is very true. So, keep the  thermostat dial at 18°C and save money while you maximize the amount of heat needed for your home.

Also, by installing 25cm of insulation throughout your loft, you would prevent a huge loss of heat. This isbecause,about a third of the heat in uninsulated homes is lost this way. Although, cavity wall insulation is not as cheap to install as loft insulation, it could save up to £160 a year in heating bills. It is also worth checking with your energy supplier to know if they have any insulation schemes which could sometimes mean, cheap or free installation.

It is also suggested that, moving your sofa away from the radiator allows hot air circulate freely. Same goes for your curtains or drying clothes, it is advisable to keep them away from the radiator, so that you can get the most out of your heat source.

Again, the Centre for Sustainable Energy advises that programming your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier, say 30 minutes before you get up in the morning, but at a lower temperature is quite cheaper than turning it on just at the instant you need it. This could be attributed to the fact that, a boiler heats up at a constant speed without regard to the thermostat being set to 20°C or 30°C.  However, do not keep the boiler on throughout the day, as you might incur some unnecessary costs. Click here.

  • Install thermostatic radiator valves

Research conducted by the University of Salford, revealed that, by installing heating controls andthermostatic radiator valves, energy savings of up to 40% can be realized, compared to a house without such controls.From recent technological innovations, smart thermostats can be controlled remotely from your mobile. The technology enables you to turn on your heating on the way home, thereby ensuring that the house is comfortably warm and heat is considerably preserved while you are away from home.